First Holy Communion and Confirmation

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We congratulate the ten boys and girls from Cranny and Coolmeen who received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confirmation in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 18 May 2014.


We congratulate Harry, Tia, Rian and Ryan who received Holy Communion for the first time in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday 3 May 2014. We also congratulate their parents, teachers and families and pray that the Lord may always be at the centre of their lives.


The enrolment Mass for the young people in Coolmeen School preparing for confirmation will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church on Sunday 17 November at 9.45am.

The enrolment Mass for the young people in Cranny School preparing for confirmation will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 30 November at 6.45pm.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday 18 May, 2014.


First Holy Communion will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 11am.

Our parish preparation programme will include the following liturgies in St Mary’s Church, Cranny:

  • Enrolment Mass                       Saturday 23 November 2013 at 6.45pm;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 15 December 2013 at 9.45am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 2 February 2014 at 9.45am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Saturday 8 March 2014 at 6.45pm;
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation   Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 7.00pm;
  • First Holy Communion             Saturday 3 May 2014 at 11am.

You are asked to remember the children who are preparing to receive sacraments this year and their parents in your prayers.


First Holy Communion: A meeting for the parents of children who are preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time this year will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart at 8pm on Monday 23 September.

Confirmation: A meeting for the parents of the young people preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Tuesday 1 October at 8pm.

Fr Pat Larkin PP, Kilmaley will lead both meetings.

A ceremony of light in preparation for the sacrament of confirmation will take place in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Monday 7 April 2014 at 7.30pm.

Prayer for Exams 2014

Exams 2013

Mass for the young people in our parish who are preparing for exams will be offered in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday 24 May at 8pm and in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday 1 June at 9.45am.

A candle is lit during Mass as a symbol of the prayerful support of the parish community.

Prayer in Preparation for exams.

O God of Wisdom,

I thank you for the knowledge gained and experiences of this time. I come to you on this day and ask you to enlighten my mind and heart.

Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for these exams, guiding my studies, and giving me insight so that I can perform to the best of my ability.

Please grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days of exams, the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge, and the ability to keep an appropriate perspective through it all.

Help me to keep in mind what is truly important, even as I focus my time and energy on these exams.

Finally, may I sense your peace in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.

I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


13 June 2014 – Anniversary Mass for Fr Jack O’Keeffe

The first anniverIMG_2556sary Mass for Fr Jack O’Keeffe will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Friday 13 June at 8pm.
Reflection on Priesthood

You came from among us, to be, for us, one who serves.

We thank you for ministering Christ to us

And helping us minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our communities:

For drawing us together in prayer,

For visiting us in our homes,

For comforting us in sickness,

For showing us compassion,

For blessing our marriages,

For baptising our children,

For confirming us in our calling,

For supporting us in bereavement,

For helping us to grow in faith,

For encouraging us to take initiative,

For helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.Fr O'Keefe

Fr John was a native of Carrahill, Crusheen, Co Clare was born on 29 May 1934. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on 22 June, 1958. He began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Brentwood, England during August 1958. On his return to Ireland on 12 March 1965 he was appointed briefly to Feakle Co. Clare and Castleconnell, Co Limerick. He became curate in Mullagh on 15 May 1965 and afterwards in Miltown Malbay on 10 July 1971. Fr John became Parish Priest of Coolmeen-Cranny on 26 November 1989. Fr John retired as Parish Priest and became priest in residence in Coolmeen-Cranny on 25 July 2008.

Diocese of Killaloe Safeguarding Audit

Review of Safeguarding Practice May 2014

Statement of Bishop Kieran O’Reilly 12th May 2014

To read the full text of the audit report, please click <a href="killaloe-final-report-may-2014“>here

Killaloe diocese welcomes child safeguarding report and urges anybody who has been abused to come forward.

I welcome the publication today of the review of safeguarding practice in the diocese of Killaloe by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Board has conducted a comprehensive audit of safeguarding practice in the diocese and have made four recommendations. On behalf of the diocese we accept these recommendations.

I would like to express my thanks to the members of the National Board for their help in the process of ensuring that our safeguarding systems are the best they can possibly be. Their continued support is appreciated.

The report – one of nine published today in relation to four dioceses and five congregations – follows a full review in November 2013 of case files in the Diocese as well as interviews with key personnel involved in safeguarding children.

The safeguarding practices were assessed against the seven national standards and 48 criteria. The Report found that 44 out of 48 criteria have been fully met, the remaining four are partially met at the time of the audit.

Our first thoughts today are with the victims/survivors of abuse. Abuse of children is reprehensible and there are no words that can adequately express the depth of pain endured by people who have been sexually abused.

The Diocesan Child Safeguarding office under the Director, Ms Cleo Yates, is a key and central part of the commitment of the diocese to the safeguarding of children within the diocese.

I would like to express our appreciation for the support, guidance and assistance afforded to us by An Garda Síochána and the HSE. We have excellent relationships with both statutory bodies. We look forward to working with the newly established Child and Family Agency – Tusla.

The diocese of Killaloe extends our heartfelt apologies to all those who suffered abuse at the hands of a small number of priests of Killaloe. I would like to assure parents and children that the diocese is committed to ensuring that best practices are in place and operational at all times to safeguard children and to listen to their voices.

The report is complementary yet it still is a work in progress. Care, vigilance and monitoring are our approach to all aspects of child safeguarding – involving continual monitoring of all protocols and procedures ensuring that best practice is followed at all times.

Bishop Kieran O’Reilly


Killaloe Diocese safeguarding and Child protection contact information
Anyone with a child protection concern may contact:
•Diocesan Designated Persons:
•Ms. Cleo Yates (086) 809 60 27
•Fr. Pat Malone (086) 809 60 74

Postal correspondence: Diocesan Office, Westbourne, Cusack Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.

For further information including the review please see:


Towards Healing is an organisation which provides telephone counselling and a counselling and psychotherapy referral service for survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse.
Towards Healing can be contacted on Freephone 1800 303416 (Rep. of Ireland) Freephone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland and UK)